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JOHNNY RAY
Award Winning Novelist

BIO

Johnny has a passion, a thirst, for life and adventure that he loves to share with his readers. He has owned and operated several real estate companies, several insurance companies and a stock brokerage company.

He is a graduate of Auburn University with post graduate work at the Birmingham School of Law, The University of Alabama, The University of Tennessee, UCLA, New York University, Wil-Var Institute and The American College. He has received the following certifications: Certified International Property Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist, Certified Managerial Accountant, Certified Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant.

He lives in St Petersburg, Florida where he works full time as a writer. He belongs to the Florida Writer Association, the Romantic Writers of America, the Mystery Writers Association, and can be found attending various national conventions as well as supporting several local writing groups. His novel THE SALSA CONNECTION won the Royal Palm Literary award for best thriller. Johnny Ray has several popular blogs he maintains and is the most popular writer on twitter with over 50,000 followers.

  The first novels are short and designed for Harlequin

THE WINDS OF LOVE

Taking on the forces of Mother Nature for some thrill seekers is a simple task; however simultaneously engage the power of Cupid and things get complicated. For while the fury of Mother Nature can be embraced and lavished to a point where mere survival is questionable, Cupid never accepts anything less than victory. The WINDS OF LOVE, a 51,000 word novel is the first in my thrill seekers series and involves kitebording during an approaching hurricane.

Combining the passion of thrill seekers against the power of cupid is a challenge I love to explore. Especially when these thrill seekers take on Mother Nature’s best. In my thrill seekers series the first story involves a reporter and camera woman caught up in the chase to document the world’s best kiteborders dominating the high winds generated by a hurricane passing by the southern tip of the Florida Keys. While most people flee Key West, this select group of thrill seekers seeks the adventure of a life time. That is until the hurricane takes a dangerous turn catching them on the way back to Miami. With nowhere to hide, they can only draw on their inner courage and each other.

MADISON REEDEE always thought the winds of love would be a slow moving breeze which would sweep her off her feet—not a hurricane. Nor, would she ever dream MACK STEVENSON, who dumped her ten years earlier, has managed to drag her head first into the face of the storm and back into his life.

A MODEL BRIDE

THOMAS (TOMMY) CONSECO, the frightfully delicious owner of one of the top modeling agencies in New York City, demands respect which he has so rightfully earned. Aspiring models from around the world would sacrifice anything to become one of Tommy’s “girls” fully knowing he can make them a legend, or send them home crying. Tommy has one rule he has followed without exception. He never gets personally involved with anyone in the modeling industry, and as far as sex with his models and employees is concerned, it’s strictly off limits. As a result, his heart is immune to even the most beautiful women in the world. This rule has served him well in business, but has left his personal life and bed cold and empty.

Enter BALARIE DANSON, the woman who is about to turn his carefully constructed world upside down. Balarie may not have the glamorous looks of a super model, but she’s bright, attractive and terrific at her job booking talent for the agency, especially the male models. Yielding to her charms, Tommy invites her to go on a business trip to Milan with more than business on his mind. When she turns him down, saying she’d prefer to concentrate all her energies in the New York market, Tommy assumes she’s refusing him and the possible chance at romance. The truth—Balarie is secretly terrified of flying and a long cross-Atlantic flight is more than she can face, despite her ambition in business and her secret attraction to her enigmatic boss. She’s heard the rumors, but the sparks flying between them are telling her Tommy’s looking for more than her talent as a booking agent. But Balarie is also looking for more than a one-night stand. So if Tommy intends to break his long-standing rule and seduce this woman into his bed, he’ll also have to let her into his heart because Balarie won’t settle for anything less than a love that lasts forever, and a hero who can help her conquer her fear of flying.

THE HERITAGE

KRISTINA SUTHERLAND learns she’s pregnant, but how? She couldn’t remember having sex with anyone for a long time. Her only explanation—a date rape drug. The problem: it happened onboard the corporate yacht attended by every member of the board of directors, older men and friends of her family. Still, the test strip didn’t lie. And now, someone wants her to have an abortion to end the scandal and would do anything necessary to make sure she either complies or dies before giving birth.

An insider, the head of security for Lyon International soon offers her the best chance in surviving and discovering the truth. But SHAWN DAVIS has his own deep secrets to hide. While his grandfather, Brent Lyon is the chairman of the board he had tossed Shawn and his mother to the curb when he was born. His mother had refused to have an abortion, a decision Shawn obviously felt thankful for. This time, however, Shawn can make a difference, especially when Kristina needs someone to believe in her, to be her champion.

COUGAR HUNTING

This is a sexy contemporary romance set in Atlanta, Georgia and South Beach, Florida. When Terri Eisenman, a successful thirty-nine year old widow first spots Chad Edwards during one of her nights out with her pack of cougar friends, she crumbles to her desires to have him. However Chad, a young and successful business man in his own right presents much more of a challenge than she assumes. His group of friends also hunts for and plays with older woman. Complications ensue when Terri and Chad find themselves in a business relationship. Both share one belief: business and personal relationships don’t mixed. Controlling a boiling passion and coping with fears of commitment mounts as they work for a solution. The only way to save both their business and personal lives rest is admitting their unique qualities which complement each, and form a new partnership.

THE RENEGOTIATION

When Suzan Mercer’s father promised in his dying words the land he left her would bring her love she never anticipated the events involved in the process. The story begins as Suzan Mercer returns to Florida after serving eight years in the army. She can’t believe her mother had used a power of attorney to sell the land her father had left her. After learning her mother also has early onset Alzheimer's disease and claims to have been seduced by Matt Harris, the billionaire developer involved, Suzan uses her military and CIA training to plot her revenge and to reacquire her land. Entering a world where high heels replace combat boots and deep red lipstick becomes more deadly than a colt 45, Suzan never anticipated the cost to reacquire her land would be losing her heart. Matt also learns his money and power cannot acquire the one asset he has always lacked in his life as he ventures into untested skies without a golden parachute to save him.

TO TRUST A BILLIONAIRE

A month before she is to be married Suzan Mercer discovers that Chelsea, the ex-girlfriend of Matt Harris, her billionaire fiancé is pregnant. When she postpones the wedding to give him time to prove he is not the father a contact from the CIA approaches her with a chance to reenter their ranks as an agent. This is soon further complicated when the CIA ask her to reconnect with Matt and use him as an asset to gain connections to people he knows on a worldwide bases. Torn between her strong desire to serve her country and the man she loves Suzan fights for a solution, especially when her secret life makes Matt a target.

IN THE SPIRIT OF RESEARCH

This is a romantic comedy involving the adventures of Brandon Walker and Emily Collins, two aspiring authors hoping to become better romance writers by overcoming their main problem—they’re both still virgins in their late twenties with no personal knowledge of the subject they wish to write. After receiving rejections from the same agent at a conference in New York City they meet at a bar and drink several double scotches before agreeing to the outlandish proposal of going to a beach house in Clearwater, Florida and field testing the Kama Sutra for a week.

While the premise is perfect for an erotic novel, it isn’t. The couple is besieged by many comical events during the week such as sunburns, food poisoning from oysters, a sting ray attack, not to mention her parent’s unannounced visit, etc. The problems during the week forces them to grow emotionally and learn much more than they could ever imagine about true love but leaves them struggling to accomplish their intended goal of losing their virginity.

The novels below are full length novels.

MELTDOWN

In the spirit of books written by such writers as Julie Garwood and Sandra Brown, MELTDOWN is a 94,500-word romantic thriller set in St Petersburg, Florida during the real estate meltdown. Rachel Contino is a highly professional, thirty-eight year old realtor and like many of her professional girlfriends have no time for a life outside of their profession. When she meets Carlos Martinis, a twenty-three year old mortgage broker, she yields to the teasing of her friends and attempts to make this stud her boy toy only to discover he’s much more of a man than a boy.

Her world falls apart when her main client, developer Jonathan Harrell dies in an apparent suicide. New evidence surfaces that it wasn’t a suicide but murder. This is soon followed up by the murder of Jonathan's partner. These murders inside a condo complex hosting her largest number of listings, as well as the real estate meltdown, makes her sales all but disappear, forcing her into a deep financial turmoil.

In her darkest hour she has to depend on a guy she wanted to make into a toy—one that she hopes that she has not lost forever due to her rude behavior. Relying on love rather than her money is a hard lesson to learn, but one that she has to before it’s too late and he leaves forever.

SUMMER WINE

Both the Americans and the Russians think Victoria works for them − exclusively. In truth; the Pack − an International Crime Syndicate − brutally controls her as they launder money in America by way of buying distressed houses for terrorist sleepers. As she executes the perfect escape, staging her death during a shark attack, she makes one mistake. She meets Royce, a retired special operative, the night before disappearing. After a night of passion she conceives his baby. How was she to know that he escaped from the same hell earlier that she is enduring now? And how was she to know that he would return to track down Raptor, the enforcer of the Pack and finish a mission that he abandoned two years ago. With Royce in more danger than he realizes, she has no choice but to come out of hiding and to his rescue.

In the spirit of books written by such writers as Julie Garwood and Sandra Brown, Summer Wine is an 84,000-word romantic thriller that moves from the beaches of Florida to Moscow and ultimately to Paris and Nice, France. The powerful forces that control the world both politically and economically soon learn that the power of love can be much more than they want to contend with.

THE SALSA CONNECTION

When Nickolay Panov left St Petersburg, Russia, to go to New York City for an international ballet competition 25 years ago, he was considered one of the best ballet dancers in Russia. The Americans say he was murdered. The Russians say he defected. In any case, he never returned.

Just before Nickolay disappeared, several priceless paintings and icons from a major museum were stolen. While he was accused of the theft, no solid proof has ever been offered to tie him to it. Evidence shows that the stolen goods were shipped to America. The CIA and the Russian Government are still pursuing all leads connected to the heist, and so is the Russian mafia.

Sveta was three years old when her father disappeared, so it’s a shock when, in the mail, she receives an invitation to a salsa dance competition in New York. At the bottom of the invitation is a note: “Please come to the competition and enter, my little lady.” No one but her father has ever called her that.

Why has her father surfaced after all these years? Sveta wants answers, even if it means entering the late-night, sultry world of salsa dancing in St Petersburg and New York City and coming into uncomfortably close contact with the Russian mob…

The Salsa Connection is a complete 89,000-word work of fiction, a thriller that moves from the salsa clubs of St Petersburg to New York to Louisiana and, finally, to Italy. The red-hot thread of the dance runs through a novel that explores the Russian mob, slavery and prostitution rings, and the art world, as well as love, loss, revenge and the strength of family ties.

THE REJECTION LETTER

To someone else, the letter might have seemed a simple piece of correspondence – but when Amy reads the rejection letter from the latest agent to whom she had sent her unpublished novel, it is perceived as a declaration of war. Amy is an aspiring author with a bad case of bipolar disorder, and her anger is compounded by the fact that this agent had flirted heavily with her at a recent writers’ convention; faced with this double rejection, it’s clear that hell hath no fury like this woman scorned. She embarks on a plan to get revenge by destroying the agent’s business... however, as it turns out, agents all over soon have bigger things to worry about than Amy’s anger. A serial killer starts targeting literary agents and viciously murdering them, and the FBI believes that Amy’s vitriolic attacks on this particular agent may have inspired the terrifying killing spree.

Amy’s life turns upside down as she works with the FBI to find the killer – and learns a little about life, love, and finding her own sanity in the process. This romantic thriller is written for the millions of frustrated wannabe authors who are also passionate readers. It explores the world of the literary agent and of the large publishing houses, as well as the inner story of one young woman and her fight to overcome her bipolar disorder.

THE JOURNEY TO WHITESTONE

Have you ever met someone you feel that you knew before − someone who could very well be your soul-mate from a previous life? And if you did, how far would you go to discover the truth?

Thanks to an abusive ex-husband, Jacquelyn − now, simply known as Jack − veers from her destiny with enlightenment to become one miserable bad ass bitch. When her desperate prayer makes its way to the Dream Master, the gatekeeper between the material and the spiritual world, he offers to guide her and teach her the four steps needed to find her true love--a man she’s barely misses connecting with many times over the ages--and how to make their way to Whitestone--a place where they both can learn how to advance to the next level of human development. He makes it clear that she’ll miss connecting with her true love yet again unless she confronts the dark forces of her ex-husband, who is not about to give up easily. < p> The Dream Master Intercession is an 80,000-word novel, an urban fantasy that moves from the suburbs of Atlanta to the romantic Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Jack’s search for true love explores the old world philosophies of the Karma Sutra and Tai Chi, as well many new age doctrines.


The last novel is 75,000 words but could be made into a full length novel.

A TIME FOR LOVE

J. L., one of the world’s top management consultants in the areas of corporate downsizing and land developing, has created his share of friends and enemies. His disappearance while flying his private plane and the resulting homicide investigation, based on substantiated evidence of sabotage, quickly cast doubts on the validity of several pending contracts. Dead men don’t make contracts − survivors do.

The personal and business lives of his three closest friends, a real estate agent, a stock broker and an insurance agent collide as they join rescue efforts to find their friend and decide how to proceed on their separate but still pending contracts. While they all are experts in their professional fields, their private lives hold deep secrets that surface. This is especially true of J. L.’s devoted secretary’s hidden love that drives the rescue efforts in the hope to find him alive before his assassin finishes the job.

This is a story of love lost and love gained told through the eyes of all characters directly affected by one central figure’s tragedy.